He carried on

his conversation

all along my body


in a language I could scarcely




The word for

hand. The word



Hold on there!


Helped himself,

my tutor

in the silent schoolday




as the sun, ungreening

the October leaves,


drew boys


with footballs

out of doors.




Leland Seese and his wife, Lisa Konick, live in Seattle, where they are foster-adoptive-bio parents of six wonderful children. Mr. Seese holds degrees from the University of Washington (BA, English) and Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv). His poems have appeared in The Skylark Review, The Nassau Review, The Christian Century, and many other journals.